I am absolutely privileged that I have a beautiful spiritual mentor. She is wise and wonderful, she brings life, she inspires me and she points me to Jesus. She is also a wonderful truth teller! This week she set me some homework to write my manifesto. Who am I because of what Jesus has done?

Who are we because of what Jesus has done?

Our latest sermon series at Werbs has been on identity and even just looking back through the series we can begin our own manifesto;

I am a child of God

I am made in the image of a God

I was lost but I’ve been brought in

I am chosen not forsaken

I am free

But do you believe it?

The point of this homework is so that in my moments of "I can't do it" or "I'm not good enough" or "I have nothing to offer" I begin to look at what the truth is and I tell myself that instead.

Why are we so quick to believe the negative about ourselves and struggle to see the positive? I'm sure a huge part of it is comparison (which is the robber of joy!). But I totally believe that we continue to listen to the whisper of our enemy that has been there pretty much from the beginning of time "Did God really say....?"

We ask the same question. The doubt creeps in.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””

Genesis 3v1-5

With this simplest of question everything can be thrown into turmoil. We question who we are, we question who God is, we doubt our reality and we justify our sin. Don't believe the lies!

So let's take a moment and truth tell about our enemy;

He comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

He prowls like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.

He is the deceiver of the whole world

He is a liar and the father of lies

It has been wonderful week after week at Werbs to come a listen to teaching about identity, about who we are because of what God has done. Let's keep reminding ourselves of those truths, that we are chosen not forsaken, that we are children loved by our heavenly father, made in his image. Let's be truth tellers to ourselves and to one another.

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5v11

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